The incident is the worst climbing accident to hit Nepal in two years.
Kathmandu: At least nine climbers including five South Korean nationals have been killed in an avalanche which devastated their camp on Nepal's Mount Gurja, the expedition organiser said Saturday.
Seoul's Foreign Ministry confirmed his identity Monday but has not yet disclosed the names of the four other South Koreans who died in the weekend storm.
Police official Bir Bahadur Budhamagar said rescuers helped by locals retrieved the bodies of the nine climbers from near their basecamp at Mount Gurja, a 7193 metre-high peak, located roughly 216km northwest of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.
Trekking Camp Nepal managing director Wangchu Sherpa, who organised the Mount Gurja expedition, said the alarm was raised after the South Korean team was not heard from for almost 24 hours.
The victims included a four-man Korean team to the Gurja mountain.
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The previous year, 16 Sherpas were killed on Everest when an avalanche swept through the Khumbu Icefall during the busy spring climbing season.
The CAC official said a Korean Air flight carrying the bodies of the climbers will arrive at South Korea's Incheon International Airport early Wednesday.
The storm prevented two rescue helicopters from landing at base camp, but the pilots also spotted the bodies from the air, the Associated Press reports.
Kim was well-known as the first South Korean to climb the world's 14 highest mountains.
The Myagdi District Police Office identified the deceased Koreans as Jaehun Lee, Chang Ho Kin, Jin Rim, Youngjik Yoo, and Joon Mo Jeong.
A rescue team found their bodies among the wreckage of their camp this morning.
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The climbers were on an expedition to make a new trekking route when their camp on Mount Gurja was swept away by a strong storm.
'(A recovery team) could see the bodies of the climbers scattered near the camp'.
A total of 30 people have successfully reached its peak - a fraction of the more than 8,000 people who have summited Everest, the world's highest mountain.
Rarely-climbed Gurja was first summited in 1969 by a Japanese team but no one has stood on its summit for 22 years, according to the Himalayan Database.
The climbers were also attempting to scale a 7,193-meter (23,590-foot) peak which is not among the highest, the most hard or popular mountain to climb in Nepal.
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